Beautifully positioned overlooking the Fal Estuary, St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s seaside artillery fortresses – and the most elaborately decorated of them all.
The castle stands on the opposite side of the Fal Estuary from its sister castle of Pendennis. Unlike Pendennis, it has seen few changes over the centuries and still retains its original Tudor character.
Spend the day exploring St Mawes Castle and wander around its charming clover-leafed shape which was originally surrounded by octagonal defences and notice the embellishment of Latin inscriptions in praise of King Henry VIII and his son Edward VI.
Drink in the stunning sea views from the top of the castle keep and wander through the landscaped grounds and gardens which stretch down to Fal estuary.
Displays and exhibits give a deeper insight into life inside the castle which is brought to life with a free audio tour. Add to your adventures by taking the ferry to or from Falmouth, and be sure to explore the picture-perfect fishing village of St Mawes on your way.
For further entertainment during your visit, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming event listings at the castle. Hosting a variety of events throughout summer, from dress-up days to live theatre, you may well find something that takes your fancy and expands your experience.